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 a 16 x 20 collage poster made of 30 of my "fun" hearts!

a 16 x 20 poster made of 30 of my "foodie" hearts


day 365 - the victorious final day!

to commemorate my crazy project i decided a tattoo would be a fitting final day.  i was hesitating since if i had someone else do the tattoo, i wouldn't have truly made it myself.  then a friend of a friend said she'd show me how, and i was able to do it myself!  because this journey was so near and dear to my heart :), it is a happy and perfect reminder of what i accomplished, and what i am capable of when i set my mind to an idea.  i hope you've enjoyed the ride, too.
the guidelines

i'm ready!

kristin stretches the skin tight

i'm actually doing it!

it hurts but not too much

getting there....

after letting kristin put the final touches on since my hand is beginning to shake, i have my permanent daily heART!


day 364

i felt like creating a little piece of art, since i am almost done with my project.  i made a collage from fabric, a snip of an old book, ribbon, some findings, and colorful paper.  the gaudy little frame seemed just right


day 363

it actually took 3 of us to pull this off - a pair of hands, someone to arrange the string, and someone to take the picture!


day 362

trying to bend the tines of a vintage fork just gave me blisters, so i resorted to heating the tines of a plastic fork over a candle - i got my heart, and much happier hands




day 359

this was tricky!  these are water droplets floating in oil.  i first tried oil in water, which didn't work as well. 


day 358

this is what happens to skittles when you microwave them.  if you then stir them a bit and let them cool, it looks like stained glass!


day 357

the best way to eat a bagel: toasted with cream cheese and brown sugar, heart shape optional


day 356

not as pretty as i'd hoped, but i made a little inlet leading to a heart-shaped pool for the cream to flow into in the chocolate fondue


day 355

the seafood counter person was a little mystified when i ordered just one oyster, but the string of pearls needed just the right setting!  (i also had to learn how to shuck an oyster - ew)



day 353

this was a very fun experiment making spun sugar.  i'm not much in the kitchen, but it worked!


day 352

a blast from the past...does anyone not know what playdough smells like?


day 351

i had been eyeballing this toy in Ikea for a day when i was really stuck - today was the day!


day 350

never underestimate the usefulness of the clothes pin


day 349

a fun experiment using coffee stirring sticks.  i think it works!


day 347

the bakery elves agreed to part with a bit of cookie dough for my cause


day 345

fun winding colored string around thumbtacks strategically placed in the wall


day 344

i loved that i found these pieces of asphalt on the street right next to where they had dislodged.  with a little rearranging, i had my heart done for the day


day 343

added a little popcorn mix to round out this paper bag heart


day 341

santa even got in on the heart bandwagon (well, sleigh)


day 339

taking creative license with the peel and stick letters


day 337

i saw a pinwheel somewhere that inspired me to attempt this accordion folded heart


day 336

yes, my eye is practiced in seeing a heart in almost everything.  including chicken in the skillet.


day 335

these old springs were very resistant to being bent out of their comfort zone.  i secured them to the wood with a staple gun, then allowed my volatile heart to live outside of the house, where weeks later, it sprung its hold (as i suspected it would!)


day 334

really kinda stretching the vision on this one.  cheers!


day 333

clearly into the holidays (in case you didn't realize, my project is done - i just started to blog it very late in the game)...how handy that a candy cane is half a heart!


day 332

one of those at-a-loss days, but my belts came to the rescue pretty nicely


day 331

ok, so i faked the bird feet, and on my first try, the dogs ate all the bird seed


day 330

many strips of paper scored and bent at varying intervals...a very right-brain-meets-left-brain undertaking (!)


day 329

it was tedious, but the fun of seeing all these ribbons blowing crazily in the wind of the fan was way worth the effort.  i still haven't undone them


day 327

Captain Crunch, I confess I do love your sugary, sweet corn goodness